Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow. An absolutely delicious banana and clove infused tripel with aromatic and spicy amarillo hops. MUCH better in my opinion than the Urthel and La Choufe versions. I am very impressed with the versatility on this one.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the brew pub: Clear lemony yellow. Smallish topping of stark white foam. Keeps a ton of lacing all over the place, again, another 10 oz glass is used well with the filling of this wonderful gem.
Aroma is thick and lemony with sugared candy goodness and yeasty forward dryness. A bit of pineapple and pear make for an interesting share of wiffs among the lemony goodness. Yet, thereís more here then that as a peppery spice and grassy edge keeps poking its way across the aroma each new wiff taken. Quite nice.
Uh - oh, we have a winner here! Damn, and holy crap, pardon my frankness, but wow, this stuff is nearly just like the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA in nearly every way. Taste wise anyways. Lots of delisciously sweet lemon hard and soft candies merging and liquidified together with pineapple, pear, and peach. Tons of biscuity maltishness thats dry, flakey, and pastry-like moist floats around in every sip as does a puff of peppery spice and nutmeg. A pure delight to have roll around and soaked into the memory; and the palate. Lemony sweet in a wonderful candied pastry way.
Feel is pretty full, quite smooth and soft with a delicate touch of pastry dryness and yeasty fluffyness that encompasses a soothing tone of drinkability and attention.
A big time keeper and enjoyablely fulfilling to have a bunch of. Another wonderful brew by Town Hall. I seriously cannot keep up or keep track of all the great beers that keep dawning the glasses there. A thicker, wholesome body and in mouthfeel and some starchyness to the overall appearance in color and this could have been exactly like the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel in a MN brewed brewpub. Mind boggling isnít it...are we sure they just didnít tap a keg of it?
YUM!! Times 9
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served at cellar temp in a Lucifer goblet, the beer is a clear deep copper with good effervescence, topped by nearly two inches of fluffy off white foam. Okay head retention and lacing. Both were really nice when the beer was first poured, but dwindled considerably later on. Perhaps I drink too slowly? Hah!
Biscuit malt and a pepper-spiced hoppyness in the aroma. The aroma is wonderful from the first sniff to the last sip. Exquisite.
The first taste was quite sweet up front - with caramel malt, honey, and candi sugar - something like a sweet, sweet tripel. The hops come through in the background, though still quite strong. The hops are not intense like an American IPA, but still they generously contribute to the flavor. They are not there merely for balance.
Further sipping, and the beer is much less intensely sweet. Now I taste honey and biscuit, a light pear-like fruitiness, and just a hint of candi sugar. The hops are quite flavorful as well, with tangy citrus (tangerine maybe?) and a hint of peppery spice.
The body is a bit north of medium, the carbonation on the milder side though definately not lacking. Alcohol is pleasantly noticeable.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brewed for the Town Hallís 9th Anniversary(name obviously inspired by the Beatles), itís rather tough to categorize this. Americans created the Double IPA, expanding upon the English style. Then Belgians, first Urthel, and then La Chouffe made their versions with a local twist. And now, Mike Hoops has made the Town Hall version of the Belgian Double IPA. He calls it a cross between a Belgian Tripel and an American Pale Ale, so Iím calling it, for this purpose, a Belgian Pale Ale.
Made with Belgian, American, and German malts, kettle-hopped with Belgian, French and Czech hops, dry-hopped with Amarillo. 9% abv.
Poured into an Urthel tulip glass, No. 9 spills out a hazed, deep golden color, under a pure white head, slim, but staying.
Aroma is classic Szaaz hops, (and others, of course), crisp, floral, honeyed, pale fruit, apricots and peach and bit of citrus. Softly spicy, very lovely.
Starts out sweet, fruity, with a spicy kick. Lingers long on the palate, but no hop bitterness resides after. Interesting, very hoppy, and they dance a pretty turn on the tongue, but are matched well with juicy malt. Slight sting of alcohol bumps into the flavor and jostles with the enjoyment just a touch, but itís delicious.
Rich with malt, juicy and tasty, bright and delightful. Medium bodied, but full with flavor. Iím loving it. Has some of the earmarks of the American Double IPA, and many of the favorable flavors found in Belgian ales. They nailed it, for sure.
Drinkability is only limited by the higher alcohol. At the pub, they serve 10 ounces at a time, here at home I get 64 to partake of at my leisure. Ainít life grand?
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler, thanks Immy. Clear golden color with small white head. I like this combo of a Belgian strong ale and IPA it has the qualitys of both.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a growler on 11/8/06 courtesy of footbalm: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a frothy, nicely-lacing white head. Complex sweet Belgian malty aroma has good bready yeasty presence and spicy Saaz hoppy character. Body starts with a viscous sweet biscuity caramel maltiness and good complex Belgian yeastiness toward a more bitter crisp finish. A very unique and well done brew.
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 This is very good. Of course they didnít invent this fusion style, but they have pulled it off well. The aroma isnít as full or flowery as the La Chouffe, but still good with some flowers, citrus, and hops. Dark, cloudy gold with a thick white head on top. Flavor is not as intense as I expected. Some hops, also fairly sweet with more fruit and malt. A thick beer, and the alcohol is well hidden.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Immy for sharing his gift from Santa. Amber brew with a foamy head. High, high hoppy bitter WOW, sweet fruity flavor with a gentle warmth. good.
MIBRomeo (2536) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
amber golden color w/ a thick white head and some nice lacing. soft aroma lots of nice citrus notes and some light tropical fruits and carmels. Great thick palate lightly creamy. Flavor is a little hot in the finish after a tropical fruit flavor hints of strawberry a good amount of carmel and some warm alcohols. very good stuff.
Nuffield (3657) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden, motionless body, white head. Banana is ringing out for me, I can see pineapple. Sweet, emphatically so, killing any metal that you sometimes get with the Belgian + super hop experiments that have been going on. In fact, I didnít even know what this beer was before I said to my friend (Jazz88), "this seems like one of those Hop-It style Belgian/hop blends"...and then he pointed out that that is exactly what they intended. (on tap at brewpub)